Tamper-Resistant Opioids May Not Stop Addiction

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tamper-resistant opioid pills — one attempt to curb prescription painkiller abuse — aren’t stopping overuse and overdosing, at least in Australia, new research shows.
“This formulation was developed with the specific aim of reducing tampering, targeting behaviors such as injection or snorting,” said the study’s lead author, Briony Larance.But there was also the hope that tamper-resistant formulations of oxycodone might reduce opioid-related harms — such as overdose — more broadly, she said. Larance is a senior research fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

“Until this study, it wasn’t clear whether or not they would do this,” Larance said.

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